On January 31st, 2019, Microsoft released two new Azure Data exams: Implementing an Azure Data Solution (DP-200) and Designing an Azure Data Solution (DP-201). If you pass both of these exams, you become a Microsoft Certified Azure Data Engineer Associate. On May 24th, 2019, I passed DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution! I am now halfway to my first Azure certification, yay :)
In this post, I share how I prepared for the exam and what my experience was like on the day of the exam.
Important Updates in June 2019
I passed exam DP-200 in May 2019, and published this post based on that version of the exam. In June 2019, the exam will be updated:
While most of the content in this post should still be relevant, there will be some differences between my skills measured checklist and the skills measured in this updated version of the exam.
Preparing for Microsoft Exam DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
When I started preparing for the DP-200 exam in February 2019, it had just been released. There were no courses, practice exams, or books available at that time. Instead, I relied heavily on Microsoft Learn and a lot of hands-on experience.
In short, this is how I prepared:
- Understand Skills Measured in Exam DP-200
- Complete Microsoft Learning Paths for Azure Data Engineers
- Read and Reference the Azure Docs
- Review Azure Solution Architectures
- Watch SQLBits Session Recordings
On April 3rd, 2019, the official classroom course was released. There is also a self-paced course available on Microsoft Open edX, and all the course labs are available on GitHub. I did not take either of these courses or work through the labs because I wanted to try the new learning paths from Microsoft, but you may find the more traditional courses useful.
So! In addition to the things I did to prepare, you may also want to:
- Take Classroom Course DP-200T01-A: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
- or Take Microsoft Open edX Course DP-200.1: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
- or Work through the Course Labs on your own
Below, you can find more details about how I prepared with links to all the resources I used.Continue reading →